Listen: New Beck single, "I Won't Be Long" - Reverb

Listen: New Beck song, “I Won’t Be Long”

Not counting last year’s sheet music collection, “Songbook Reader,” it’s been five years since Beck‘s last album hit shelves. But that’s about to change.

As detailed in Rolling Stone, Beck’s set to release two new albums: an acoustic album similar to 1994’s “One Foot in the Grave,” and a proper follow-up to 2008’s “Modern Guilt.” The acoustic album is slated for a fall release. No release date has been given for the latter.

Ahead of those LPs, Beck has shared two standalone singles (i.e. independent and non-representative of both upcoming releases) so far: “Defriended,” an electronic-leaning one-off, and “I Won’t Be Long,” a “Modern Guilt”-y track that just popped up on his YouTube account this morning. Listen to both below.

If you’re spending July 4th in London (note: qualifies as high treason in some parts of the U.S), you can catch Beck performing “Songbook Reader” with help from a gaggle of high-profile musicians like Jarvis Cocker, Michael Kiwanuka and Franz Ferdinand.

Otherwise, look for him on his brief, East Coast summer tour:

7/27 Wantagh, NY – Americanarama at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (special acoustic set)
7/28 Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival (special acoustic set)
8/2 Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion (full band/electric show)
8/4 Brooklyn, NY – Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park (full band/electric show)

Beck – “I Won’t Be Long”

Beck – “Defriended”

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Dylan Owens is Reverb’s indie and bluegrass blogger. You can read more from him in Relix magazine and the comment sections of WORLDSTARHIPHOP.

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